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Pursuit Of Profit


Published 1965
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Presents a survey of independent businesses to show how free enterprise operates and contributes to the strength and stability of the country.


Run time 23:00
Production Company Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor Procter and Gamble
Audio/Visual sound, color


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Reviewer: JayKay49 - - July 6, 2014
Subject: 50 Years Later...
Stores use lures to get people in the store...namely, a few products priced under the other stores' price, anticipating that customers will purchase other stuff there too (the profitable things) to avoid a special trip.

They should show this film to the constantly bickering crabby employees at the Krogers stores around here. (Although I doubt that it would have any effect.)

Pretty snazzy store for 1965.

Sales is such a depressing subject.
Reviewer: doowopbob - - April 17, 2009
Subject: Meanwhile....
44 Years Later We See How America's C.E.O's Stuck It To Us!....
Reviewer: Spuzz - - March 28, 2004
Subject: Are things THAT bad in the sales world?
Pursuit Of Profit is one of those films that's best after a couple of margaritas on the porch, as this is just one TRULY bizarre film. You can file this under the "magical characters that appear from nowhere" sales film (see Another Cup Of Coffee for another great example). Arthur, retail sales clerk, is nagged constantly by a guy with an uncanny resemblance to Lurch from the Addamms Family. Anyways, Lurch instantly promotes Arthur as a shop manager to show him how to promote better sales! Have product tie ins! Attractive displays! (All of this is shown with GREAT glimpses of 1960's grocery store footage). Soon, Arthur tries giving a pep talk to his employees, but all he does is scowl at them (which is a funny scenery chewing scene), when Lurch shows Arthur who he's talking to, Arthur finds out he's been talking to salepeople that look like Arthur! Soon after Arthur the Manager sits down with Arthur the employee because the Manager thinks this is the better way to get things done. Highly oddball, and is reccomended!
Reviewer: Steve Nordby - - January 19, 2004
Subject: Free enterprise morals
Grocery manager Arthur is visited by a white haired guy in a black suit who looks like he stepped out of an episode of The Twilight Zone. From him, Arthur learns he must make more money for his company. Sure he's just one guy, he is important to making profits. Doesn't matter that he doesn't get any of the profits, because he must work hard to keep his company profitable or the competition will get all his customers and he'll lose his job.

I thought you could identify a free society by how well it protects the rights of its least powerful members, but after watching this 1960's film from Jam Handy, sponsored by Proctor and Gamble, I know that's completely wrong. The mark of a free society is pursuit of profits. You see, everyone starts out even, so we know who is a better person by how much money s/he makes.
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